Muscatatuck Urban Training Center

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Muscatatuck Urban Training Center
Jennings County, Indiana
Coordinates Coordinates: 39°03′05″N 85°32′09″W / 39.0513°N 85.5358°W / 39.0513; -85.5358
Type Military Training Base
Site information
Controlled by United States
Site history
Built 1919
In use 2005-present
Garrison information

Current Site Manager - LTC John Pitt (2017-Present)

Past Commanders - LTC Barry Hon (2013-2016), LTC R. Dale Lyles (2010-2013), LTC Chris Kelsey (2008-2010), LTC Ken McCallister (2005-2008)

Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) is a 1,000 acre urban training facility located near Butlerville, Indiana. MUTC is used to train civilian first responders, Foreign Service Institute,[1] joint civilian/military response operations, and military urban warfare. It is also home to the National Guard Patriot Academy, a program that gives potential recruits the chance to earn a high school diploma.[2] The center features more than 120 training structures and over 1 mile of searchable tunnels.[3] A clock tower used as a rappel tower has all four clock faces set to 9:11.[4]

"The uniqueness that exists at Muscatatuck and that urban setting is unequal to anywhere that I’ve ever witnessed in the United States Army.”
-Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, 2010[5]


46th Engineer Battalion soldier putting on chemical overshoe boots during search and rescue training at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center

The Muscatatuck Urban Training Center is located on the grounds of the former Muscatatuck State Developmental Center (MSDC).[6] MSDC was created in 1920 as the Indiana Farm Colony for the Feeble Minded.[7] It became one of Indiana's largest mental institutions approximately 3,000 patients and around 2,000 employees.[8] From 1920 through 2005, MSDC housed many of Indiana's challenged citizens and was once the largest employer in Jennings County.[9] In 1997, Indiana lawmakers passed a plan to reorganize the state's health plan. Modern methods of mental illness treatment shrank its patient population down to about 12, and in 2001, Governor Frank O'Bannon announced that the state would close Muscatatuck.[7] Governor Mitch Daniels passed control of the facility to the Indiana National Guard in July 2005.[9] In 2015 computer security expert Walter O'Brien presented ScenGen and other artificial intelligence technology, deployed at Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, to SOCOM at Muscatatuck.[10]


  1. ^ Scotten, Matt (23 February 2011). "State Department, Indiana Guard collaborate for Foreign Service Institute training". National Guard Bureau. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "National Guard Patriot Academy". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "MUTC Specs". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Ricker, Art (16 June 2010). "Visit to Camp Muscatatuck: Diplomats role-play different situations U.S. soldiers could certainly face". Galena Gazette. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Crosby, John (19 August 2010). "Secretary of the Army visits Camp Atterbury, Muscatatuck, Indiana". The Franklin Republic. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "What is MUTC?". Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Schneider, Rob (20 April 2003). "State now prefers community settings". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mental Hospital History". National Defense Magazine. Retrieved June 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ a b "History". Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Computer genius from Kilkenny briefs top US Army Officials". Kilkenny People. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 

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